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Definition of "kohl" []

  • A cosmetic preparation, such as powdered antimony sulfide, used especially in the Middle East to darken the rims of the eyelids. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "kohl" in a sentence
  • "Antimony is still used for the purpose in Arabia and in Persia, but in Egypt the kohl is a root produced by burning either a kind of frankincense or the shells of almonds."
  • "Having brushed the front hair over her forehead, and cut it straight across, the energetic Zooloo next painted her eyebrows black with a substance called kohl, causing them to meet over her nose in the most approved form of Algerine elegance."
  • "His arrowy glance discovers the "poudre de riz" on their blooming cheeks, -- the carmine on their lips, and the "kohl" on their eyelashes."